About

Dr. Sarah Kertz, PhD

When anxiety starts to take over, many people feel stuck and overwhelmed. We avoid in the short term but in the long term our worlds get smaller. Relationships suffer because anxiety makes us irritable, restless, and distracted. Maybe you feel like you just can’t relax or you’re having trouble sleeping. I’m here to help.

I use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Exposure and Response Prevention for anxiety and OCD. With this treatment we’ll dive in together to understand how your anxiety works for you. We’ll work as a team to map out what your anxiety looks like and how it’s getting in the way. Your treatment process is collaborative—we work together on this!

I work best with women who are so sick of their anxiety or OCD that they’re ready to make working on it a priority.

This can be tough given all the other competition for your time. But here’s the thing—you’ll get out of therapy what you put into therapy. For that I reason, I meet with people for weekly sessions with the expectation that you’ll be able to do daily homework at home between meetings. Research shows that people who do daily practice get better faster and stay better longer than people who don’t. If you’re not ready for this kind of work right now, I’m happy to give you some referrals that may be a better fit. If you’re ready to get started, give me a call!

 

 

 

 

EDUCATION

 

I completed my PhD in Clinical Psychology at the University of Louisville in 2011 and then went on for two additional years of training at McLean Hospital/Harvard Medical School for my internship and postdoctoral fellowship. I have over ten years of experience working with people on anxiety, worry, and OCD.

 

I then accepted a position in the Psychology Department at Southern Illinois University for eight years. Ultimately I decided that my true passion was in clinical work and I moved into full time private practice in 2020.  I have published over 35 articles in peer-reviewed journals on topics related to anxiety, OCD, and depression (read them here) and have over 100 presentations at national and international conferences, including the International OCD Foundation, Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, and the Anxiety and Depression Association of America. I also held a position as co-Director of research at the McLean OCD Institute at Houston from 2012-2020 (Co-Director of research).

 

In my free time I enjoy visiting coffee shops around the city, cooking, poking around the local library, estate sales, and playing with my cat, Ernie.

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8000 Bonhomme Ave.
Ste 201B
Clayton MO 63105